Did you know Nashville is also called Music City?
Just kidding, of course you did. If you know us, you know we’re here for the deep cuts — and there’s plenty of interesting factoids to go around. As connoisseurs of the quirky + unconventional, we put together this list of five interesting facts about Nashville. Maybe you’ve lived here your whole life and know some of these — or maybe you’ll learn something new.
An exotic zoo called South Nashville home over 100 years ago. The Glendale Park Zoo was established on the 64-acre park in 1912 to attract passengers to the city’s streetcar line. The zoo showcased animals like buffalo, bobcats, and coyotes, a wooden roller coaster, and other events like acrobatic and dog shows. The zoo closed in 1932 during the Great Depression.
In 2009, the Gulch, which got its name from natural geographic depression due to its neglect after WWII, became the fourth community in the world to receive a Silver level LEED ND certification. This distinction recognizes the neighborhood for its excellence in sustainability, urbanism, and green design.
- The Batman Building + Brentwood’s WSM tower can be seen on the Roku screensaver, which was designed by Nashville-based graphic designer Kyle Jones.
- Nashville is home to 180+ live music venues, according to the 2020 Music Industry Report by the Nashville Chamber.
- In 1941, Nashville was granted the first FM-broadcasting license in the US, making Music City the first to enjoy static-free radio.
Your turn. Think you can get one over on us? Let us know your favorite local trivia tidbit and you just might make it into the newsletter.